Juvenile and Children's Law Section

This section provides a forum for lawyers who deal with juvenile and children’s law. It produces CLE courses related to this practice area, distributes a newsletter to section members, and works toward improving juvenile justice and children’s law.

The Odeneal Firm
PO Box 392
Lawrenceburg, TN 38464
Po Box 4548
Chattanooga, TN 37405-0548

Tenn. Supreme Court Holds Attorney's Public Reprimand

The Tennessee Supreme Court has affirmed a 2014 disciplinary action by the Board of Professional Responsibility that found a Knoxville attorney guilty of professional misconduct. A petition for discipline filed against Danny C. Garland II alleged that while handling an adoption case, he failed to communicate appropriately with clients, failed to exercise reasonable diligence in his representation and committed professional misconduct. A hearing panel found that he should be publicly reprimanded, a ruling affirmed after Garland’s appeal to the Knox County Chancery Court. The Supreme Court's ruling agreed as well, although a dissenting opinion was authored by Justice Holly Kirby.
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Woman Sues Franklin Police, Williamson Sheriff, Alleging Multiple Civil Rights Violations

An Alabama woman in suing the Franklin Police Department, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Division of Children’s Services (DCS) in federal court alleging civil rights violations, the Tennessean reports. A woman with no priors, Tracy Marie Garth, was arrested by Franklin PD for traffic violations while she was driving with her children in the car. Garth’s complaint alleges that since she wasn’t allowed to bring her purse, she was unable to post bond after her arrest and she wasn’t allowed a phone call until 14 days after her arrest, leading to the loss of her job. Further, DCS allegedly placed Garth’s children in Tennessee foster care without attempting to transfer them to Alabama, where Garth’s family lives.
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